She was robbed! Patricia was robbed. There, I can do this recap in three sentences. But I won’t. Because I have several more things to say.
We start this episode with our three survivors back at their penthouse apartment, exhausted but content to be showing at Mercedes-Benz fashion week. They don’t have long to enjoy the glow, because the following day it’s back to Parsons and the mountains of work that face each of them. Michelle, Patricia, and Stanley all received critiques that will involve making some changes if they are to win this puppy. They are all fussing with their pieces when Tim comes in and announces they are going to Mood! Whoopee!
Cue up the mad dash among the fabric bolts, and we’re back at Parsons before you can say give me a yard of that spangled chiffon. Tim has one more surprise for them–and ushers in their family members to wish them luck. The cutest scene is Patricia twisting with her children. How cool that your teenage children are so happy to see you, and willing to humiliate themselves on TV to share your happiness.
Zip! We’re at the auditorium for Mercedes-Benz fashion week! Tim is back stage looking terrified as he realizes the mountain of work Stanley still has to do, and it is mere minutes until his models will have to stalk down the runway. “This has never happened in the history of Project Runway,” he declares to the camera, a sheen of perspiration on his forehead.
Heidi comes out on the runway, and she is rocking this great multi-colored look and a bright mouth. She looks fabulous! And there’s MICHAEL! I’m so excited I tear up at seeing him. Michael, I have missed you so much this season!
Michelle’s collection goes first, and it is a lovely, unique set of pieces. They are cohesive, and the lone wolf theme is effectively carried through. But lone wolf, in a season of teams? Really? Well, she certainly has acted that way the entire time, and it proves to serve her well. Yes, yes, I know she’s lost her pack. But she was constantly carping and complaining about her pack and their sub-par performance, how they were bringing her down. I could see a real wolf pack voting her out. But I love so many of her pieces. I could see her as the winner…
…except for Patricia’s collection. It is original, it is unique, it is AMERICAN. I’ve never seen anything like it. She has designed her textiles, and branded these clothes with her unique viewpoint. I think this collection blows the other two out of the water. I’m thinking, “She’s the winner,” but I have not factored in the Nina influence or the judge’s fear of being too far out there.
Stanley’s collection is very haphazard. I don’t see a unifying theme, the pieces look very old, and some of them look quite un- or under-finished. He’s clearly out.
Back at Parsons, the judges critique each collection. And here is why I love Michael Kors–this is the first he has seen of these clothes, but he cuts right to the heart of the design aesthetic of each finalist. And that’s why I’m going to relate his comments, since we’ve heard from the other judges before. He tells all of them that he saw distinct points of view in each collection. He tells Michelle that her fabric combinations are interesting and disparate, but she managed to meld them together. I laughed when he said her gown moved like a cardboard box, but once again, he’s making a critical point–don’t think you need to have a long gown for your final look. It just needs to be spectacular and memorable.
He tells Patricia that her artistry is spectacular, and her pieces were fabulous. A few were out there in artsy-craftsy land (my words, not his), but she by and large took the craftiness and translated it into unique pieces. (Nina has a real sour-puss face the whole time the others are praising Patricia).
Stanley’s collection looked old–the gown, according to MK, is “Betty White on Dancing with the Stars.” I can tell immediately that this is a horse race between Michelle and Patricia.
And Michelle wins, because her collection can be translated commercially. The judges play it safe, Nina leading the charge. But Patricia’s collection is no more out there than a lot of what came down the runways in London, Paris, and Milan and was lauded as fresh, the next thing, the designer to watch. And it’s a uniquely American collection, from a native American. Oh, well, I’m greatly disappointed. Michelle’s collection is fun and young, but it’s nothing we’ve seen before. A lot of Patricia’s collection I’ve not seen the likes of before, and so much of what she did was crafted by her own hands. Oh, well, dad.
That’s a wrap on the season. I actually did enjoy this team’s edition, unlike many others. I thought it brought a new dynamic to the designs, and you could see how others’ input helped a lot of the designers–well, those who chose to take the input.
I won’t be recapping the reunion show because I can predict a lot of carping, backstabbing, and tears, and who needs more of that in their life? Ciao, bellas!